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DGS 125 - Media Matters: Race, Class and Gender

5 Credits
Examines treatment of people of differing races, genders, classes or other socio-cultural differences in news, entertainment and advertising of people of differing races, genders and classes or those with other socio-cultural differences. Examination of the implications of topic selection and presentation, language usage, visual images, methods of emphasis contribute to analysis of what is truly fair and balanced coverage and representation of people’s lives. This course is thematically based, with specific focuses such as defining gender, images of race, or class consciousness.

Course Note Previously CGG 118 and DGS 118.

Quarters Typically Offered

Designed to Serve 1) Students fulfilling programs at Highline that require or recommend both Humanities and Diversity/Globalism courses. 2) Students who want to understand better the nature and effect of news, advertising, and entertaining media on themselves and the world.
Active Date 2014-11-07

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 55 Lab 0 Worksite 0 Clinical 0 Other 0
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Diversity & Globalism
  • Humanities Area I

Course Outline
Each section of this course will focus on a specific topic and examine the media treatment of race, class, gender, and other social differences within that topic. Organization of the content within that topic will be determined by the instructor.

Student Learning Outcomes
Analyze and respond to original news, advertising, and entertainment text and visuals (e.g., newspaper articles with accompanying photos, advertising campaigns, popular feature and documentary films) in cultural, historical, social, political and artistic contexts.

Analyze expressions of identity and resistance in media approaches and responses to media approaches.

Discuss news, advertising, and entertainment in the context of culture, gender, race, class, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and/or other socially defined sources of identity with self conviction and and respect for others.

Identify and examine various degrees of balance and fairness and signs of bias in news, advertising, and entertainment.

Identify how one’s own position (in terms of race, gender, culture, class, sexual orientation and ethnicity) influences one’s reaction to the media.

Recognize central issues and underlying issues (text and subtext) in news, advertising, and entertainment.

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